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Neil Robertson and Mark Selby react to stunning, record-equalling Champion of Champions semi-final

Neil Robertson and Mark Selby played out a classic at the Champion of Champions (Picture: Getty)

Neil Robertson and Mark Selby played out an absolute classic in the Champion of Champions semi-final on Friday night, in what has been described as the best match ever over the best of 11 frames.

Robertson eventually edged Selby 6-5 in a relentlessly high-scoring affair, with both men making three centureis.

Six centuries in 11 frames equals the record Robertson set with Judd Trump in their epic 2016 Masters quarter-finals, which Trump edged 6-5.

The Aussie was delighted to be involved in another classic and another cracking match against Selby, having beaten him by the same scoreline at the recent English Open.

‘The last match we played in the semis of the English Open was a really high standard as well, I knocked in three centuries in that one, I’ve just carried it on,’ said the Thunder from Down Under.

‘Without the crowd, I think the standard is a fraction better, when you miss it doesn’t really put you under pressure, although I didn’t really miss too many out there.

‘It was a brilliant match, the winner tonight was snooker and the fans watching at home.’

Former world champions Stephen Hendry and Ken Doherty both claimed that the match was the best contest they have ever seen over a best of 11-frame format, while commentator Phil Yates put it in the top 10 matches of all time.

There was never more than one frame between the pairas they lept sharing huge breaks, with Robertson making 141, 121 and 100 while Selby produced 137 twice and 131.

Robertson pinched the deciding frame, but Selby was not too downbeat after the sensational contest.

‘It was incredible, we both played great, I don’t think there were that many balls missed throughout the whole match,’ said the three-time world champion.

‘It comes down to a deciding frame and it’s just a spin of a coin.

‘All you’re asking for is a chance and I don’t really feel as though I got a great chance at any point.

‘I didn’t really miss too much throughout the match, Neil played fantastic, every time I threw something at him he’s come back and vice-versa. it’s just a shame to be on the losing end of a match like that.’

Robertson now takes on either Mark Allen or Judd Trump in the Champion of Champions final and he is expecting another high-quality contest against either man.

‘Mark seems like he’s coming back into some really good form,’ said Robertson.

‘He was probably the best player in the world a couple of years ago when he got to the final of the UK, beat me in the final of the International, won the Scottish and he seems to be getting back to that form.

‘Judd just keeps making finals and winning tournaments, I think I’m the only player that beat him in a final last year so hopefully we can have a repeat if it is him.

‘Mark is capable of playing the most unbelievable snooker I’ve ever seen so snooker fans are in for a treat.’


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